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Feb. 23 — Israel opened a station in east Jerusalem on Tuesday to share vaccines with Palestinian workers as part of its effort to ramp up coronavirus vaccinations. In order to vaccinate thousands of Palestinians working in Israel, the Israeli health ministry and other officials set up a site at Qalandiya Crossing in the city.Israel’s Magen David Adom emergency agency technicians planned to run the station all day Tuesday.

Mayor Moshe Lion of Jerusalem visited the site and said that city officials will also help build the village’s sports field, educational complex and Internet infrastructure.”The residents of Kfar Aqab are residents of Jerusalem, and we must take care of life as we take care of life in the rest of the city,” Lion told The Jerusalem Post. “In the near future, [we] will increase activity.”

The vaccination drive is part of a deal to vaccinate 100,000 workers with the Palestinian Authority.According to Bloomberg, Israel has vaccinated a larger proportion of its population, with almost 49 percent having received an initial dose, than any other nation. Approximately a third have received both doses. Israel says that over 4 million people have been vaccinated.

“According to Haaretz, “In view of the successful vaccination campaign in Israel, the leading country in the world in inoculating the population, Israel has received many requests from countries around the world to help supply vaccines,” the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.The liberal Meretz party chairman, Tamar Zandberg, urged Netanyahu to send more vaccines to the West Bank and Gaza.

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